This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the arts. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

30.07.2015Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
09.06.2015EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
11.05.2012Azerbaijan and the Eurovision
After winning the 2011 competition in Düsseldorf, Azerbaijan will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest from 22 to 26 May 2012 in the capital, Baku, despite calls for a boycott.
06.05.2011Funding the arts
This Note looks at trends in funding within the arts sector from 1997 to the present.

Lords Library Notes

11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.
20.11.2014The Case for Arts Education in Schools
On 27 November 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for arts education in schools'
28.10.2011Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.

Select Committee Reports

06.06.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
22.03.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House expresses sadness at the death of Scottish comedy star Steve Robertson MBE; believes that he will be remembered with great affection as one-third of the Scotland The ...
That this House is concerned by the threat to private sectorjobs in the professional printed photography sector; notes that a decision, made by the previous administration in April ...
That this House recognises the contribution that Christine Bleakley makes to the entertainment industry; further notes the contribution that Frank Lampard makes to the sports industry; ...
That this House believes that there is a long and proud tradition of arts and culture in the UK; notes that this tradition is due in no small part to funding from successive administrations; ...
That this House is greatly concerned at the damage being done to our cultural industries by the current programme of cuts; recognises the record of success of the arts and culture in ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses